"O" Ring grease, lube?

RAA

LifeTime Supporter
Mar 28, 2007
46
The Woodlands, TX
So far I have not used any lube/grease on the Filter/Pump basket "O" Rings and I was wondering what kind to use next time I clean my Cart Filter. Is lithium grease ok to use or is it Teflon? :?

Thanks,
 
G

Guest

Most pool supply stores sell silicone and/or teflon grease. I have always used the silicone kind but either one is ok.
 

tenax

LifeTime Supporter
May 21, 2007
42
information in my sta-rite manual says not to use silicon of any kind on an o-ring as it will apparently eat the ring over time. echoed by the pool store i deal with locally who have yet to lead me astray. if necessary at all, a graphite spray is recommended instead for o-rings. very slick.
 

KurtV

LifeTime Supporter
Mar 29, 2007
270
SE Louisiana
tenax said:
information in my sta-rite manual says not to use silicon of any kind on an o-ring as it will apparently eat the ring over time. echoed by the pool store i deal with locally who have yet to lead me astray. if necessary at all, a graphite spray is recommended instead for o-rings. very slick.
That's odd. This Sta-Rite owners manual (http://www.staritepool.com/pdf/S454(7-24-03).PDF]) calls specifically for silicone lubricant in the event the original o-ring is replaced. To wit: "If you replace the O-Ring with a non-internally lubricated O-Ring, you may need to apply a silicone based lubricant" (page nine of the .pdf).
 

waste

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Mar 29, 2007
4,160
Coastalish 'down easter'
Hey all, as long as it's not petroleum based, it should be cool to use on your o-rings. 8)
As a side note, I've found the silicon based lube softens my fingernails :shock: , I asked (and for a change, the request was honored :eek: ), to get only teflon based lube since I use a few oz of it per day at this time of year
 

lebaige

Active member
May 19, 2007
32
Lowe's sells a product called "plumber's grease" which is great for pool o-ring use. It's non-petroleum based and gives a great water seal.
 

tenax

LifeTime Supporter
May 21, 2007
42
i saw the plumber's grease when i was rebuilding my pump and wondered if it could be used for that application and it's easy to find!
 
G

Guest

If the grease is NOT petroleum based it will not attack o-rings. The lubricants sold for pool use are not, whether silicone or teflon based.